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  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)

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Connecting Balloon to Gondola (Basket)

March 2010

We'd been picked up at our hotel in downtown Melbourne around 4:20am! ARRRGH! Everyone met at Rochford Winery, checked in, selected from the breakfast options and then were transported to "launch pad". There were 3 balloons going up. Each held 16 passengers plus the pilot. Now at the launch pad, our pilot (Brian) and another ground crew member connected the balloon to the basket! Brian definitely wanted to be sure he returned softly to the ground! That was good for us!

Getting Air Into The Balloon

March 2010

Now all connected to the basket, the balloon needed to have air in it. The ground crew set up a huge fan on either side of the gondola. Brian asked for volunteers to hold the balloon so it could capture the air. Several folks volunteered. He picked the first two who came forward. We didn't volunteer as we wanted to take pictures and video!

Getting The Balloon Off the Ground

March 2010

Note that the basket is on its side. After some time spent "fanning" air into the balloon, Brian hit the burner to heat the air. That, in turn, gave the air in the balloon a reason to rise off the ground... and, at the same time to lift the basket to an upright position.

All Passengers (and the pilot) Aboard

March 2010

The basket had openings on the sides and we learned those were to use as footholds to climb in. Tom and I were the last to get in and in so doing, we managed to get a corner. Four couples had corners, two other couples were in between on either side of the pilot. The support ground crew folks were trluly accommadating in taking pictures of folks with their own cameras, thus this picture! That's Tom & me in the middle.

Looking Back Down at the "Launch Pad"

March 2010

As previously mentioned, there were three balloons going up this morning. From what we could determine, our pilot was the "chief" pilot and we were first up. What a delight to be able to look down and see our two sister balloons rising below us.

Inside our Beautiful Balloon

March 2010

Of the three balloons in our group, I truly believe we had the prettiest! Of course, I'm a fan of multi-color balloons. We've always been in awe of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival and were totally delighted to take our first ever balloon flight in a nation almost half-way around the world! Perhaps we'll one day actually get to Albuquerque and fly in one of the balloons during the festival there!

Sunrise Over the Yarra Valley

March 2010

WOW! is the only word that came to mind. There was ground fog over the moist areas. The air was so still. The only sounds were the occasional "blast" of heat from the burner to keep us aloft and, from the ground, the crowing of roosters and bleeting of sheep. One of the most peaceful experiences I can ever recall. We were VERY fortunate to travel with 14 other folks who weren't "chatty". Everyone truly appreciated the beauty above and below.

One of Our "Sister" Balloons

March 2010

Looking down at one of the other two balloons that came up shortly after we did. Hopefully, one of the folks from that balloon will also post some of their pictures that will include our balloon.

A Basket Full

March 2010

This picture was actually taken from the camera mounted on our Global Ballooning balloon. Brian had control of taking the pictures. Being as this is in essense advertising for them, I don't think they mind I posted it! We learned that the direction of the balloon can only be controlled up and down. And, it can be turned but all other direction is at the discretion of the wind. Brian turned us around to where we faced the sun and then had us all "smile for the camera"!

Multiple Balloons

March 2010

Seeing the edge of our balloon and one of our sister balloons high above us presented a great photo op! Yep, we were on our way down by now. I really wanted to stay up longer... it was so peaceful, but, alas, it was time to descend.

Over the Yarra Valley

March 2010

On the left of the photo, just below center, is the lake near where we launched. Looking closely, the edge of our launch area is visible just under the ground fog.

Another Set of Balloons

March 2010

Off in the distance, we could see another set of balloons in the sky. We didn't ask but it is possible they too were Global Ballooning. We had seen them rising some 2-3 miles away earlier. We had also seen balloons over Melbourne which was about an hour's drive away. I have no clue as to how far that would be in "as the crow flies" sense.

Opening The Envelope

March 2010

Once the basket was on the trailer, Brian "pulled the appropriate strings" (pun intended) to let the heat out and allow the balloon to begin its collapse.

Sister Balloons Also Coming In

March 2010

As our balloon was going through its deflating process, we saw one of the other balloons land. It landed on the ground, passengers got off then the pilot raised it a bit and the passengers and ground crew member guided it onto its trailer. We were SO proud of our pilot Brian!

Every Trip Has a Deflating Portion

March 2010

We all climbed out of the basket and then the full deflation began. All passengers helped to "squish" the air out. No, it wasn't necessary for passengers to help, however, we all wanted to be part of the whole event. It just wouldn't be as much fun, nor would we have truly appreciated the dynamics of balloon fliying had we not participated!

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